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    Citizen Kane (RKO, 1941). Lobby Card (11" X 14"). When Orson Welles co-wrote, directed, produced and starred in this, his very first feature film, he could little have known that it would become one of the most important, revered, influential and beloved American movies of all time. Loosely based on the life of newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst, the movie initially failed at the box office, due, some say, to the influence of Hearst himself who refused to allow advertising for it - or any RKO picture - in any of his newspapers. He even went so far as offering to buy the negative from the studio with the intention of destroying it, a desire that was thwarted by the fact that Welles had already previewed the films to influential people in the film industry, many of whom had raved over it. Despite all Heart's efforts, the film has become a modern classic, eventually eclipsing even Hearst's fame in the present day. This wonderful lobby card displays pinholes in the top corners, some light edge wear, a corner bend in the bottom left, and some light smudging and surface dirt overall. These are minor flaws, however, none of which reduce the desirability of this beautiful piece. Very Fine.

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2007
    13th-14th Tuesday-Wednesday
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